Personal Accident Insurance

While bushwalking is a low-risk activity when compared with most sports and active recreational pursuits, accidents do occur from time to time, and the seriousness and cost of an incident is potentially greater in remote areas where medical aid may not be readily available. For this reason it is recommended that member clubs arrange Personal Accident Insurance for their members.  Important Note:  Some member clubs have elected on behalf of their members to not participate in the Personal Accident Insurance Scheme for 2020/21. See below for the list of these clubs.

The Personal Accident Policy provides cover to club members in respect to injury incurred while the member is engaged in an activity authorised by and under the control of the Insured (the club), including direct uninterrupted travel to and from such activity subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the Policy. 

Renewal Arrangements for 2020-2021

The Bushwalking Australia Personal Accident insurance policy was renewed from 1 July 2020.  There is no change to insurer, conditions or endorsements, with the exception that cover now extends to members from the age of 12.   Clubs that submitted renewal questionnaires requesting cover under this policy will automatically have their cover renewed from 1 July.

The Schedule of Benefits under the Personal Accident Policy include the following (refer to the policy documents for specific details of all benefits and applicable conditions and exclusions):

  1. Loss of earnings - Benefit of $700 per week up to age 95, maximum of 80% of income, 7 day excess, maximum of 52 weeks
  2. Non-Medicare medical benefit, 80% claimable to a maximum of $3,000 (previously $2000)
  3. Broken bones benefit of up to $2,000
  4. Capital Benefit due directly and solely to injury - $50,000 up to age 84, $10,000 age 85-95 or under age 18
  5. Critical Incident Debriefing - benefit of up to $5,000 per person per event
  6. Home Care, $250 per week (increased from $150 per week)

Medicare and Accident Cover

When it comes to reimbursement of Personal Injury claims, some people get confused about Medicare, the Medicare Gap and what is covered through the Personal Accident policy. 

The Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) strictly prohibits any general insurer from covering any item that is listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule. This also means that regardless of your out of pocket expenses, it is against the law for the Insurer to cover you for the Medicare Gap.

So what does that mean? If your medical or other treatment has a Medicare Item Number, it is uninsurable and you may not claim for reimbursement under the accident policy.

If your medical or other treatment does not have a Medicare Item Number, you may claim for reimbursement under the accident policy.

The following document provides additional information on the difference between what is covered by Medicare and what is covered through the personal accident policy:  pdfMedicare vs Personal Accident Policy1.04 MB.

Claims and Enquiries

For information on how to make a claim, or to enquire about claims or coverage, please see the Claims and Enquiries page.

Policy Documents

  • pdfPersonal Accident Product Disclosure Statement 2020-2021640.22 KB  
    Important note:  The personal accident Product Disclosure Statement must be read in conjunction with the policy schedule and supplementary Product Disclosure Statement below.  Where a matter is covered in both the PDS and the policy schedule, the provisions of the schedule prevail.) 

 

Leisure Travel Insurance

Chubb Insurance offers a comprehensive, yet affordable travel insurance policy that offers some features and optional additional cover for activities that may be of particular interest to our membership. For example, they offer an:

  • Adventure Sports pack that covers activities such as trekking, bicycle touring, mountain bike riding and white-water rafting, related equipment and Cancellation Expenses, and
  • A Winter Sports Pack that covers some winter activities related equipment and Cancellation Expenses.

For further details go to https://www.chubbtravelinsurance.com.au/bushwalking

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

Ambulance Cover

This is a complex topic, as ambulance service arrangements, including charging of fees for ambulance transport, varies from state to state.  Download the following FAQ for an overview.  pdfAmbulance FAQ118.32 KB 

The FAQs are provided to assist member clubs gain a better understanding of the insurance arrangements organised on their behalf by Bushwalking Australia (BA).  Suggestions for topics to be covered are welcome at any time by emailing Bushwalking Australia at info@bushwalkingaustralia.org 

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  Non-Participating Clubs

Members of the following clubs DO NOT have Personal Accident coverage for 2020-2021 and should direct any enquiries they have to their club secretary.

New South Wales

  • Brindabella Bushwalking Club Inc.
  • Canberra Bushwalking Club Inc.
  • Catholic Bushwalking Club Inc.
  • Dungog Walkers Inc
  • National Parks Association of the ACT Inc.
  • Southern Highlands Bushwalkers Inc.

 

Victoria

  • Waverley Bushwalking Club Inc.
  • Dandenong Valley Bushwalking Club Inc.

 

South Australia

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers Inc.
  • Retired Teachers Walking Group Inc.
  • Mount Gambier Bushwalkers Inc.

 

Tasmania

  • Hobart Walking Club Inc.
  • Deloraine Walking Club Inc.
  • Launceston Ramblers Inc.